A month long event

•December 12, 2010 • 2 Comments

The older I get the crazier Christmas becomes.  Remember when the young un’s would get up at first light on Christmas Day and look under the tree to see what Santa brought them?  Then we would all feast, unbutton our pants afterwards so we could breath, and talk about the upcoming New Year’s Day bowl games.  (Church was dutifully attended on Christmas Eve in our household.)  Simple.

Today, December 12th, we’re going to my daughter’s house along with my other daughter and her family and my brother and SIL to have our Christmas.  This early because they have to go out-of-town later to have Christmas with their spouse’s families, and to go see daughter #1 and her family in San Antonio, too.  We won’t get to see San Antonio daughter/family until after the New Year.  Crazy.

Nothing is simple anymore, is it?

S

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My new toy

•December 11, 2010 • 4 Comments

In her typical ADD style, K has decided she is no longer in love with her iPad, so she gave it to me.  It’s proven to be a “love-hate” thing for me.  I love that I can sit in my comfy overstuffed leather chair and with my feet propped up surf the internet and my favorite thing of all, read my favorite news sites.  (I’m a real news junkie.)

The “hate” part?  It’s almost impossible, or at least impossibly slow, to type a blog entry, compose an email, etc, as the keyboard is TINY!  All I can do is “hunt ‘n peck”….there is NO WAY my fairly large man-hands can manuever on that little keyboard.  Remember how you were taught in typing class to keep your fingers on the “home keys”…a s d f j k l ;?  Not gonna happen on an iPad!

Which got me to thinking….do kids take typing in school any more, or do they just come out of the womb computer literate, tickling the keys at 100 wpm?

S

You know what sucks?

•December 9, 2010 • 2 Comments

Having to be polite and civil to clients who are total a-holes.  Back in the day when I worked for myself I could tell someone to take their business somewhere else if they were acting belligerently.  (I did that once and the person hung up and called back asking to speak to ‘the Boss’.  My brother handed me the phone and I told him to %$#$%^ again.  Heehee!)  Now that I’m working for Big Giant Company I have to bite my tongue and just smile.

That’s what sucks.

The old way worked much better for me.

S

My ‘to do’ list

•December 7, 2010 • 3 Comments

As I’m not working today my bride has given me a chore.  I’m to go and find her a particular brand of hoighty toighty tea that someone gave her and she has fallen in love with.  It’s only available at a select few stores, so my shopping shouldn’t take long.  Either they’ll have it or they won’t.  If not, I’ll fall back on the internet.

I think my lifelong ingestion of God-knows-how-many scorching hot peppers has finally taken its toll on my taste buds.  They’re fried.  Great tea…mediocre tea…it all tastes the same to me.  It’s that way with many foods, too.  Not all, mind you, but some.  I wonder if I back off the peppers at this late time in my life my taste buds will regenerate?

S

Update:  Score!

And I rewarded myself for a job well done by having a barbecue sandwich for lunch.  🙂

A real character ‘gone west’

•December 7, 2010 • 1 Comment

Don Meredith, one of the Dallas Cowboy’s earliest real stars, died recently at the age of 72.  They say he had a brain hemorrhage, but had been suffering from Alzheimer’s and emphysema for some time.  Sad.

I remember when I was a kid some of the Cowboys, back in the day before pro football players were supremo narcissists and were still approachable, came to my school for a charity basketball game.  Afterwards some of us went to the locker room and got their autographs.  I’ll never forget how he and Bob Lilly in particular took the time to look us little kids in the eye, talk to us, and be genuinely human.

In the off-season he was a celebrity sports anchor on one of the local TV stations.  Once the camera panned over to the sports desk a little too soon and there was Dandy Don before he sat down, wearing his coat and tie…and gym shorts.  And smoking a cigarette.  Ever since then, whenever I see the talking heads sitting behind their news desks, I always wonder what they’re wearing below desk height.  Hahaha!

So long, Dandy.  You left the world, or at least my memory, a happier place.

S

Same thing, only different

•December 5, 2010 • 3 Comments

I took the dog on a good, long walk today.  It was in the 40’s with a breeze, but as long as I walked on the sunny side of the street it felt good.  I also made reservations for our anniversary dinner at Seasons 52, a new restaurant in our neighborhood.  Tomorrow….it’s deja vu all over again. (I love Yogi-isms.  Can you tell?)

G’night all.

S

Chores

•December 5, 2010 • 2 Comments

The main reason we (OK, I) stayed in an apartment instead of building us another house is the lack of chores.  Yard mowing, leaf raking, HVAC servicing, various household repairs, the periodic painting and remodeling….chores left me too little time to do what I like doing best. Nothing.  I have a Black Belt at doing Nothing.  Apartment living lets me excel at doing what I do best.

The only thing on the agenda for today is to do a couple of loads of laundry and go to the grocery store.   I can handle that.  I’m goin’ to get right on that.  Soon.  Maybe.

S